Rockingham homeless advocate establishes charity


Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, WAHA chief executive Owen Farmer, WAHA secretary Tanya Waugh, Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia and WAHA board member Steven Brown.
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, WAHA chief executive Owen Farmer, WAHA secretary Tanya Waugh, Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia and WAHA board member Steven Brown.

HOMELESS advocate Owen Farmer has established a charity to help those sleeping rough in the region.

The Rockingham resident said the charity would add legal recognition to the work he was doing.

Western Australian Homeless Advocate (WAHA) advocates for homeless people with business, leaders, politicians and media.

Advocacy is central to Mr Farmer’s campaign to raise awareness to the plight of homeless people and to improve the co-ordination of services, which better cater for the needs of the homeless community.

Mr Farmer is well known for providing both tangible and monetary support to homeless people through the care and generosity of many people who silently contribute to his work.

He is also well known to local indigenous elders for his work within their community.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said Mr Farmer had intimate knowledge of the issues confronting homeless people.

“He wants to dedicate his life to supporting those who’ve hit hard times because he’s been there himself,” he said.

“His first-hand experience is worth more than a lifetime of studying the problem.”

For more information about WAHA telephone 0423 365 569.

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